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Candlelight Tours Return to SF’s Civil War Era Fort Starting Nov. 6

Ranger-led lantern tours under the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point are back, but now cost $20
By - posted 11/5/2021 No Comment

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and stars on this evening tour with a park ranger as your guide.

Candlelight tours are available Saturday evenings (6:30 pm) during the months of November to February.

Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era of the 1800s, experiencing first-hand the tales and valiant stories that once graced the halls of an unwavering guardian, watching diligently over the treasured Golden Gate.

This evening tour will maze through the shadows of the historic structure by candlelight and visitors will see the glimmering lights of the Golden Gate Bridge towering up above them. Upon arrival, a park ranger will check-in guests and provide visitors with a lantern. A ranger will lead this 90-minute excursion and interpret the history and the life that once existed within the old brick walls of Fort Point. The Candlelight Tour explores all four levels of the fort including the roof (approximately 76 steps). Visitors will be invited to engage in dialogue as they learn about the fascinating and sometimes complex history of the fort, its role in San Francisco history, and its cultural relevance today. Recommended age for this tour is 12 years and up.

At 6:30 pm, visitors with reservations will begin their tour when the fort is otherwise inaccessible to the public. Visitors with tickets should arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to check-in with a ranger.

Fort Point Candlelight Tours
Saturday Evenings, November to February
Fort Point, San Francisco
Buy Tickets:$20 Adults; $12 Youth (10-17)

Please note, the tour used to be free and tickets were dispersed via a lottery system for those who RSVPed. However, new for 2021, ticket fees have been instituted.

About Fort Point: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate & foreign attacks during & after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.

Directions: Fort Point is located at the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio of San Francisco. By public transit, San Francisco Muni 28 and 29 bus routes stop at the bridge toll plaza. Follow trail signs northeast of plaza area to Fort Point at base of bluffs.